Book Review – Gemina

Title: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA sci-fi

Published: By Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18th, 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

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Book Review – Illuminae

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA sci-fi

Published: By Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th, 2015

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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Top Three Thursdays #19 – Tropes I’m Tired Of

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (20/07/17) is: Tropes I’m Tired Of

I mostly read young adult fiction and am comfortable with middle grade as well as children’s books, occasionally venturing into new adult or adult books. YA is infamously known for its clichés and I’ve read enough to grow tired of a few of them to the point where I’ve stopped picking up books that seem to give such vibes from their description. Here are the top three tropes I don’t want to see more of.

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Book Review – Dream Me

Title: Dream Me

Author: Kathryn Berla

Genre: Young adult (contemporary + sci-fi)

Published: By Amberjack Publishing on July 11th, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe. Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams.

Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father’s job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. The more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. Can a dream become a reality?

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Book Review – Definitions of Indefinable Things

Title: Definitions of Indefinable Things

Author: Whitney Taylor

Genre: Young adult, contemporary

Published: By HMH Books for Young Readers on April 4th, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Reggie Mason believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in. She encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.

Thoughts

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

I liked this book but found it difficult even though I finished it in one sitting. It was very different from what I usually go for and at the very least, it gave me a unique perspective on mental health. I’m not sure how critical I can be because this isn’t up my alley – some parts worked for me while some parts didn’t. Overall, an interesting read that I wish I could have enjoyed more.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I would recommend the book to people who like a fairly accurate representation of mental health issues (depression in this case).

For the food, I would recommend ice cream again as the main character works on an ice cream truck (Okay, it’s scorching hot here and I use any excuse I can get to wolf down some ice cream). In terms of music, some really soft piano music would do the trick, like Debussy.

Links

Book: Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Book Review – Future Threat

Title: Future Threat (Future Shock #2)

Author: Elizabeth Briggs

Genre: Sci-fi (YA)

Published: By AW Teen on March 1st, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Six months ago Aether Corporation sent Elena, Adam, and three other recruits on a trip to the future where they brought back secret information – but not everyone made it back to the present alive. But Aether’s not done with her – or Adam, or fellow survivor, Chris. The travelers on Aether’s latest mission to the future have gone missing, and Elena and her friends are drafted into the rescue effort. Now every trip through time reveals new complications, and more lives lost – or never born. Elena and Adam must risk everything – including their relationship – to save their friends.

Thoughts

Note: I received an e-copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

There’s friendships, family issues and an actually believable relationship in here as well, and I enjoyed all of that. The plot got more intricate and the stakes were higher as compared to Future Shock.This was my second series involving time-travel this year and I’ve loved it so far. I felt that this book was better than the first, so I’m eagerly anticipating the third, which I’m hoping will be bigger in scale.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I recommend this book to fans of sci-fi and time travel, adventure and a strong female main character of colour.

For the music, I didn’t listen to anything while reading, so I don’t have a particular recommendation for this. Any futuristic kind of soundtrack should be a good accompaniment, in my opinion.

To keep your taste buds busy, I’d suggest some cool fusion food with cuisines of your choice to go with the feel of the book. I just had some warm soup because I had a cold.

Links

Book: Website | AmazonGoodreads

Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

Book Review – In Truth & Ashes

Title: In Truth & Ashes (Othersleves #3)

Author: Nicole Luiken

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published: By Entangled Teen on January 2nd, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

On the True World, Belinda Loring has known from childhood that she must Bond with the son of another noble First Family. But when the ceremonial magic goes disastrously wrong, Belinda becomes a national disgrace. Scorned as Broken, she turns to Demian for help getting revenge on the man who ruined her: the radical Malachi. But the seeds of Malachi’s murderous plans lie buried in Belinda’s past, in the dark days of her kidnapping – a period of which she has no memory. And Demian may hold the key to recovering all that she’s lost – and saving the worlds.

Thoughts

Note: I received an e-copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

Being approved to receive the ARC of the third book is what got me into the series and I’m so glad I did. I honestly didn’t want the book to end and would’ve loved to see more of what happened in the other worlds after the climax. It’s definitely made it to my favourites list. I wish more people would pick this up and give it a chance because it has some amazing characters, fantastic world-building, a superb plot and an easy-to-follow writing style.

Read the detailed review here.

[Check out my reviews for the first book, Through Fire & Sea, here, and the second book, Amid Wind and Stone, here.]

Recommendations

I recommend this book to everyone who can read because, believe me, it is THAT good!

For music, I’d recommend some ambient nature sounds for about 50% of the book to enhance the feel of the setting and the soundtrack of Doctor Strange for the latter half owing to the spectacular world-building.

In terms of food, pick whatever comfort food you love because this will hit you in the feels and the ground will start to shake beneath your feet towards the climax. Mine is a piping hot bowl of noodles.

Links

Book: Website | Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads